In collaboration with the 27th Leeds International Film Festival, Lee Broughton arranged, programmed and introduced an evening dedicated to the work of Sergio Leone.
Professor Sir Christopher Frayling opened the evening with a public paper titled ‘Once Upon a Time, the Western’. Christopher’s detailed and illuminating talk offered a plethora of little-known facts and insightful observations relating to the production and reception of Leone’s epic masterpiece Once Upon a Time in the West (Italy/USA, 1968). Particular emphasis was placed on the film’s initial conception – and subsequent function – as a “meta-Western”. This novel approach allowed Leone to build the film around a series of references to key scenes and specific narrative tropes from a multitude of his – and his co-writers’ – favourite Hollywood Westerns. The talk was followed by a screening of a digital restoration of Once Upon a Time in the West. The event, which took place at Leeds Town Hall on 20 November 2013, was kindly supported by the Leverhulme Trust.